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party was in trouble. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> michael: the senate is still wrangling over chuck hagel's confirmation for defense secretary, but this morning harry reid does in the have the 60 votes to overcome a republican filibuster. he needs five republican votes but so far he only has two, mike johanns of nebraska and thad cochrane of mississippi. so he took his colleagues to task in his own soft-spoken way. >> it's tragic that they've decided to filibuster this qualified nominee. it is really unfortunate. >> michael: you know, reid is of course not totally off the hook. he didn't push filibuster reform through earlier this year even though it looked like he had the chance to do so. but the ludicrous part of this whole thing is the reason why republicans are giving for opposing hagel is bengahzi. that this was a cover up after the ambassador was killed. they're alleging that chuck hagel was involved. not only is that a stretch but chuck hagel oversee something like this. they dignified the response. after both lindsey graham and john mccain said they were largely satisfied accordin
drones to a green fleet, i expect similar policies to continue for my former colleague chuck hagel to be confirmed, hopefully as early as next week. for all these reasons i have long been a supporter of renewable fuels, and i encourage the further development of an industry that is important, both to our national security as well as to our farm economy. whether we're talking food or water or energy security, let me put it this way. in the future, more crops in the field can mean fewer soldiers in the field. at the same time, as important as our defense capabilities are, we also need to rebalance for the other free d's. the u.s. today spends more on defense than on diplomacy, democracy and developments all put together. meanwhile, in the past year, china has more than doubled its investment in developing new agricultural technologies. those are the kinds of farsighted policies that are enabling china to emerge as a world power, in which we, frankly, need to get back to. as we shift our focus and our resources towards smarter, more constructive forms of international interaction, it'
of that exchange, it was not chuck hagel who looked bad. >> ted cruz looked even worse. >> yeah. >> oh, my god. >> we're going to show all those coming up. >> he wasn't prepared, mika, in a lot of ways that were concerning. i think, again, the democrats, republicans, independents alike, if the republicans party thinks badgering an ill-prepared witness that way is going to help them with middle america, they don't know middle america. they could have just let him talk around in circles, but it was -- you know, you talk about the new senator from texas, john mccain -- >> i agree with you. >> as joe manchin said, it was embarrassing. >> compare it to a week ago, to a very prepared hillary clinton. whether badgering prepared or unprepared, badgering is not the way to go. >> having said that, the reviews are in. and they're pretty bad. >> horrible. >> senator marco -- well, some of them are partisan, but there are also we'll get to as well. the response to yesterday' hearing was not good. senator rubio said he cannot support his confirmation. while senator lindsey graham said he's very reluctant to
a little more difficult if and when he gets there. >> andrea, we like chuck hagel. i think he'd be a good secretary of defense, but the performance yesterday was panned by people on all sides of the political spectrum. >> as claire mccaskill told me yesterday, she said, look. he is more used to asking questions than answering questions. there were a lot of issues. and what didn't help, of course, is that his former good friend, john mccain, just eviscerated him, grilled him, didn't give him a chance. yes or no. give me an answer. were you correct or incorrect? i mean, there is a way to try to do that, but clearly he came with a very hostile attitude. and it was very painful to watch. >> yeah. awkward at times. >> i mean, john mccain, mika, didn't let him answer a question. i'm sorry, out of that exchange, it was not chuck hagel who looked bad. >> ted cruz looked even worse. >> yeah. >> oh, my god. >> we're going to show all those coming up. >> he wasn't prepared, mika, in a lot of ways that were concerning. i think, again, the democrats, republicans, independents alike, if the republicans
to run the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator ha
. there's some sort of gray area here in where he wants to head. >> now, before we get to chuck hagel, the sort of train wreck that happened yesterday, ruth marcus, the white house is coming out or hhs is coming out with new rules to liberalize the guidelines so that religious institutions are somewhat insulated, somewhat more insulateded. first of all, they're going to more broadly define religious institutions. also, give a separate provider so that the religious institutions themselves don't have to provide birth control to their employees. >> well, first of all, you said white house, and even though hhs issues these guidelines, one can be fairly sure that the white house was closely following this because this has been a difficult issue for them. what they did today was really an elaboration of a plan that they had proposed earlier. the theory, as i understand it, is that it won't be the employers strog pay for couldn't are a acceptings, nor will it be women having to pay for the contraseptive coverage. the insurers will foot the bill. >> the third parties. >> on the theory that t
are dying. middle east peace breaking up. that doesn't matter. the national debt. chuck hagel. that doesn't matter. there's a cruise ship outside of mobile bay. let's get a helicopter on them. >> wait a minute. wait a minute. >> that's quite a move. >> one little problem. >> what? what's that? >> the world didn't actually stop. and other things are happening. and hagel's -- >> oh, okay. >> -- vote was delayed. it will be well over another week before the senate reconsiders the nomination of chuck hagel. >> really? >> at the pentagon. >> this is the first time hearing of this. when did this happen? did they make this decision on the cruise ship? >> no. no, they didn't. it actually happened in washington. >> really? that's fascinating. >> which is its own permanent port-a-potty. >> okay. mika, for those of us that were just sitting there looking at a cruise ship for 24 hours instead of following the real news, why don't you catch us up with what actually happened yesterday in the news. >> republicans blocked a vote yesterday that would have ended the debate and allowed for a final decision
-level officers and enlisted that are so important to the leadership of our military and chuck hagel's leadership and commitment will be critical to that task. i have met with chuck hagel privately, i've asked him tough questions about iran and israel. i'm satisfied on those points that he will advise the president in according to with -- in accord with those policies but even more important i am struck by his passion, the intensity of his commitment to our men and women in uniform. his caring about them is indicated in so many ways. spontaneously and strongly in his testimony, as well as his private conversations. he will make sure that sexual assault in the military, the epidemic and scourge of rape and assault against men and women who serve and sacrifice for this country will be stopped, that there will be, in fact, zero tolerance not only in word but in deed. and his viewing, for example, of the documentary "invisible war," his understanding that this kind of misconduct is an outrage never to be even implicitly condoned and to be treated as a criminal offense, the most extreme kind of predat
endorsed chuck hagel strongly and enthusiastically. men and women who served in both democratic and republican administrations. among them, bob gates, william cohen, madeleine albright, bill perry, thomas pickering. these are women who have -- men and women who devoted themselves to protecting the united states. they've done it with extraordinary energy and effectiveliness. in this list of our secretaries defense that will rank as the best we've ever had. they have absolute confidence that chuck hagel can and should do this job. you have in this list ambassadors who have handled the delicate, difficult issues involving international diplomacy. you have several ambassadors who have been ambassadors to the state of israel who strongly support senator hagel. all these individuals know him, they know perhaps as well if not better than many of my colleagues and myself the threats, the dangers and opportunities that face this country and they are strongly supporting chuck hagel. in fact, they have concluded, in a letter, that he is uniquely qualified to meet the challenges facing the
>> president obama has nominated chuck hagel to replacereplace leon panetta as e secretary. mr. hegel is a war veteran. he served in the senate until 2009. after his senate career, he became part of a foreign-policy think tank. at his confirmation hearing today, he had some back and forth with former colleagues, including senator john mccain. that exchange is about an hour and a half into the hearing. later, we will get your thoughts about the nomination and hearing on our phone lines at 11:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 pacific. carl levin chairs the armed services committee and makes the opening statement. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> good morning, everybody. the committee meets today to consider the nomination of former senator chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. before i begin, i want to first welcome senator inhofe as the new ranking republican on our committee, succeeding senator mccain. senator mccain has been a great partner over the past six years, and i thank him for all the work he has
, the committee of jurisdiction, the armed services committee, they have extensive information on chuck hagel. they have as much information that's available on the benghazi situation, testimony from the administrative officials, from multiple committees, from an independent review board, secretary clinton testified, secretary panetta, who is going to be leaving his job in less than two hours, chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey, and others have already testified regarding the athat can claimed four -- the attack that claimed four american lives. chuck hagel had nothing to do with the attack in benghazi. the administration hasn't been forthcoming is outlandish. there are serious consequences to this delay. consequences that are occurring right now. the president is making some important decisions about afghanistan. he announced to the world just a day or two ago that 34,000 troops will be coming home during the next year from afghanistan. we're negotiating with the afghan government regarding how we'll support them beyond 2014. negotiations are going on right now. i heard today from f
the qualifications of chuck hagel. i served with chuck hagel. he is a conservative republican representing the ultra liberal state of nebraska. he served with distinction in the united states senate as a senator, served on the foreign relations committee, armed services committee, intelligence committee. he's a man of quality, a man of courage. not just being able to come and give a speech here on the senate floor. during the vietnam war, he volunteered to go into combat. that's what he chose to do. because he thought it was the patriotic thing to do for his country, our country. and his family felt that way. he and his brother went togeth together. they didn't go to push pencils. they carried rifles, had strapped to their sides grenad grenades. he was wounded twice. he's an enlisted man. he didn't walk around ordering people to do things. people were ordering him around what to do. except when it came to his brother, who he saved his brother's life in combat in vietnam. and they are filibustering him. that's what they're doing. i'm going to go call chuck hagel when i finish here and say, i'm sorry,
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this week, filibustering former senator chuck hagel's nomination. one of those taking some heat after the vote is senator rand paul who has his eye on a possible 2016 presidential bid. the move is putting him at odds with some of his most ardent supporters, the tea party activists. how are this impact his future political career? joining us is chris, the host of power play, which airs weekdays on fox news.com. chris, thanks for coming in on a saturday. >> you know. anything to talk -- anything to get the 2016 speculation started. why wait? >> let's get the ball rolling. first, let's look at a quote from a statement that rand paul issued shortly after he helped put on hold some of these cabinet nominations. he said, quote, i believe there are standards in both policy and background that go beyond mere disagreement and go to the sustainability -- the suitability, i should say, of the nominee to perform their job. that's why i have placed on hold the nomination of john brennan to serve as director of the c.i.a. that's also why i voted to not end debate on the hagel nomination. i do not b
filibustering president obama's nominee for secretary of defense, for now. will chuck hagel be confirmed anyway? why the delay? former senator scott brown is just ahead. he will address that. bill: he was holding his head in his hands. olympic star oscar pistorius, formally charged with shooting his girlfriend to death inside of his hope. he put out his first statement. we'll get a live report out of south africa. bill: this word from the vatican today. the retiring pope benedict xvi signing off on one of the last major appointments of his papacy. he approved a german lawyer to head the troubled vatican bank. that appointment ends a nine-month search after the previous bank chief was ousted for incompetence. pope benedict steps down on the 28th of february, triggering a new conclave in mid-march with the selection of a new pope happening sometime we do believe in mid to late march, beef easter. heather: that should be exciting to watch. let's talk about another story that's getting a lot of attention now. an emotional court appearance in south africa just hours ago as prosecutors say they will
this hour, big moment for chuck hagel, the man president obama would like to become the next secretary of defense. the senate armed forces committee holding a vote on hagel's nomination. and while it is likely he will be confirmed, several republicans, they're still putting up a fight. that happens this hour. >>> also, cereal and soda? pepsi introducing a new mountain dew drink for, dare i say, breakfast, calling it kick start. the company says it doesn't consider this an energy drink, even though, yes, it is packed with caffeine. why the new product? mountain dew says customers wanted an alternative to coffee and tea in the morning. >>> and tomorrow is ash wednesday, which means today is fat tuesday. okay, i tweeted this out. this is a colossal waste of time and can't stop watching it. you can watch this on one of the live cams. mardi gras in full swing. we have been hearing trumpets from this live web cam. this is bourbon street. it is new orleans' biggest tourist draw with more than 50 parades. mardi gras is the feast and celebration before lent, a time of fasting for catholics. >>>
for a fugitive ex-cop. he may have had some help. bill: chuck hagel, is he being honest with congress. a senate panel gets ready to vote on his fate today. the ranking member of that committee explains whether he can stop chuck hagel. [ anouncer ] ihop in time square to compare new griddle-melts to your usual breakfast sandwich. a lot more flavor. [ anouncer ] ihop's new griddle melts... made fresh and hot! hand crafted just for you. it's like a sexy sandwich. [ anouncer ] compare new griddle melts yourself. just $4. it's like a sexy sandwich. it's an epic breakfast sandwich. bill: breaking news. we are learning later tonight in the state of the union address president barack obama will announce a year from today the united states will have 34,000 fewer troops fighting in afghanistan than at the moment. so expect headlines on that throughout the day. we'll get more on that out of washington. martha: chris kyle, the ex-navy seal sniper who was gunned down at a shooting range will be laid to rest at the tks state acceptor -- at the tk at the tee cemetery. former alaska governor sarah palin and h
. the senate armed services committee plans to vote today on former nebraska senator chuck hagel's no, ma'am mags. >>> montgomery county lawmakers could make it tougher to smoke in public today. the county could you please sill was expected to take action on property owned or leased by the county. could include county bus stops and shemters. under the bill, the county's director of health and human services would be allowed to designate outdoor smoking areas on certain properties. >>> if you live in maryland expect to pay more for natural gas. thera opponents say it will allow them to charge customers for upgrades before the work is done. governor o'malley has not indicated whether he will sign this bill. >>> new this morning, a recent rash of battery problems on the bole 787 dreamliner sparked proposed safety changes. a united nations agency suggests eliminating exemptions that allow large lithium-ion batteries to be shipped on passenger planes. they're prone to catching fire. boeing tested new batteries in the 787 dreamliners after a series of problems last month, including at least two
postcloture time be yielded back and the senate proceed to vote on the nomination of chuck hagel without intervening action or debate, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate, that no further motion be in order, president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action, and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. under the previous order, the senate stands in recess until the senate finance committeel approved the name of jack lew of treasury secretary. iowa senator chuck grassley voted against the nomination, citing lew's role in citigroup during the bailout. here is what some of what senator grassley had to say. >> finally, mr. lew, i'm concerned about the attitude of this administration, supporters criticize the senate usually anonymously, exercising basic due diligence regarding this nominee. they don't like anyone questioning them and they don't like answering questions. despite their tactics we must continue to perform their senate vital
of this face two moments up on capitol hill. a senate committee may vote to confirm chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator
look at what the president's motives are for picking chuck hagel, i think he wants a republican to be the foil, if you will, for what he wants to do to the defense department which i think is do serious serious damage to our military capabilities. >> here we go. 44 past the hour. >> you could be a little more cheerful. >> i was trying to find the clock. >> you go all right, here we go. we're having a good time. nick sabin is here. be a little more exciting. >> i love him. >> democratic senator from west virginia, member of the senate armed services committee and co-chair of no labels. good to have you back on the show way over there. >> you're not used to this set, are you? >> no. i'm adjusting. takes me a while. >> i want to, first of all, joe, you brought some fascinating phrases from the first state of the union. george washington calling for quote adequate provision to support the public credit, providing for the common defense with the due regard to the economy and foreigners admitted to the right of citizens by uniform rule of naturalization. the first one. also talks abou
in the senate or they were sort of setting chuck hagel up to say, you better think about withdrawing your name and we'll get on with something else. this just doesn't happen the way it did yesterday. >> so it might be more damage to the possibility of confirmation? >> i don't think he helped himself. i would say that because it seems to me after the white house's kind of tepid reaction they had, it seems to be saying to democrats if this is a hard vote for you, do what you need to do. >> what do you make of john mccain? >> well, this is a very interesting thing. let's not forget that chuck hagel was john mccain's co-chairman, the co-chairman of his national campaign when he ran for president the first time. these were busosum buddies, vietnam veterans and john mccain says this split is about policy and nothing more until we find other evidence i guess we take him at his word but this is a deep breach, i don't think there's a question about that one. >> "face the nation" this sunday who is your guest? >> we'll have roger goodell, the commissioner of professional foo
u.s. senator chuck hagel set to be sworn in this morning as the new secretary of defense. the 7 week fight over the nomination ended yesterday as the senate voted 58-41 to confirm him. hagel is a republican but got the votes of only four fellow republican senators. many in the gop feel he is hostile towards israel and too soft on iran. >>> 5:17 right now. we are continuing to follow this breaking news in san francisco. a big water main break causing a mess in one neighborhood. >> 1.5 feet deep water and a lot has gone down since. >> backed up to it. we are talking about west portal neighborhood the area near 15th and wawona. look at this video incredible stuff. homes and cars flooded. use west portal in the meantime. elsewhere a live look outside overnight roadwork was picked up in oakland and san leandro. to the maps, if you are traveling westbound 580 brake lights in the eastbound direction going against the commute, possibly because of this overnight roadwork still in lanes until 11:00 this morning approaching north greenville road. else
cleared, and, secondly, what you said about the chuck hagel hearing. you see this, again, with senators that are trying -- that are retiring, that we never expected to retire, and that is the wear of the game of this town is taking its toll on the very people you want in government at a time in which we have to address the big problems that we have in this country, and you wonder if that game sort of continues, this sort of chicken and egg, chicken -- cat and mouse kind of thing. are we really going to take the best and the brightest and steer them away from, again, solving the biggest problems that we have in this country? >> let's stipulate late that on "meet the press" you were one of those, a democrat, and a former white house official who said that hagel's performance wasn't good to put it mildly, that he did not seem prepared, he did not know how to respond to john mccain and other critics. at the same time a lot of people are suggesting that ted cruise's attack on him and this continual, you know, lindsey graham now saying let's take a look at the rutgers speech and now they're d
that they confirm chuck hagel. some republicans have said they're going to walk out on the committee members. they're going to walk out. what's the latest? >> the republican aides who spoke to politico said republicans will walk out. we called the republicans. said are you going to walk out? spoke to crews who were on the committee. they said we're not walking out. they're not going to vote for him but they're not going to walk out. it looks like he will have the votes in committee. it will move out into the senate. but you always have a possibility of something happening. senator inhoff from oklahoma said he might put a hold or he might try to delay the confirmation. you certainly saw lindsey graham on sunday say until he finds out what the president had for breakfast on the morning of the benghazi attacks, he will put a hold on everything and then some. it is unclear what the final confirmation is but it is a step forward at 2:30. >> bill: if they call a filibuster and john mccain said he would not support a filibuster, it looks like there would be 60 votes to stop the filibuster. >> that's righ
the nominations of john brennan and chuck hagel pending more answers on the attacks in benghazi last september. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the cia directorship hagel to be confirmed as secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting. >> jeff: there are still 102,000 coalition troops in afghanistan. and today marked a change of command for them. marine general john all when who is in line to become nato's supreme european commander passed the baton to marine general joseph dunford in a ceremony at coalition headquarters in kabul. dharlie-- charlie d'agata was there. >> reporter: this morning general john allen gave up command to fellow marine joseph dunford in an emotional event that at times sound more like a defiant victory speech than a handover ceremony. >> afghan force-- afghan forces defending afghan people and enabling the government of this country to serve its citizens. this is victory, this is what winning looks like. and we should not shrink from using these words. >> reporter: but he himself has admitted he's had a tough 19 months an
a letter to president obama asking him to withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel, which he is not going to do because there are enough republicans to join democrats do voigt for him. he will be confirmed next week we are one week from the sequester. president obama saying come on. we can't let that happen. once again, boehner and mcconnell refuse to compromise. it looks like 800,000 civilian employees at the pentagon will go on furlough starting one week from today. that and a whole lot more to get into this morning on the "full-court press," which we will do. take your calls at 866-55-press. first, we get the latest today's current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama inand vice president biden are attending the democratic governor's association this morning andbam obama willing talking about a variety of national issues about economic and trade issues between the two countries. later, vice president biden will join the two for lunch. biden is also continui
even before he won re-election? we saw in there temporary the defeat of chuck hagel's nomination, leaving the president without a pentagon secretary and there seems to be more where that came from. we decide to look at how this past tuesday, state of the union day played out starting with
to members of the president obama nominated chuck hagel as defense secretary. cheney says hagel was picked so a republican could take the blame for any future cuts to defense spending. in afghanistan. marine general joseph dunford i the new man in charge of international forces in afghanistan. he replaces general john allen. who is nominated to lead nato forces in europe. allen was also exonerated in a pentagon investigation of questionable email exchanges with a florida woman. she was linked to the sex scandal that led to the resignation of c-i-a director david petraeus. dunford says the move is not about a change of command, its about continuity. >> a big day for boeing. the company is analyzing results of flight tests on it's 7-8- 7 planes. the test saturday was the first since the dreamliner was grounded three weeks ago due to battery fires. the 7-8-7 flew out of boeing field in seattle. spending two and a half hours in the air. the dreamliner is the first commercial plane to rely heavily on lithium-ion batteries. back in january -- a battery short-circuited and caught fire on a plane tha
republican senators delayed the vote on chuck hagel. but today alabama republican richard shelby announced he does intend to vote for former senator hagel. telling an alabama newspaper "he is probably as good as we are are going to get get." the vote of confidence as much as it is should be enough you to get hagel confirmed. a vote is expected next week. >>> if you like sushi chances are you don't even know what you are eating. not just sushi. new word of all kinds of seafood fraud ahead. we will have fish on the set. >>> is your doctor assigning tests and treatments that you don't need from cat scans to pap smears? maybe even an antibuyoutic. we will tell you what they are saying and let you decide if they are right. the medical groups now warn what is happening to you may be doing more large than good. [ male announcer ] susan writes children's books. when she's happy, she writes about bunnies. when she's sad, she writes about goblins. [ balloon pops, goblin growling ] she wrote a lot about goblins after getting burned in the market. but she found someone to talk to and gained the confidenc
was devoted to becoming an astronaut to the position of secretary of state. chuck hagel is a wonderful nomination. the criticism of him is silly, i believe. people are throwing that around. it is embarrassing. embarrassing to see accusations like that. if you go back to eric miller's book, he talked about the israeli lobby on many occasions. so i don't quite know what the debate is all about. i think that it will disorders go away because it doesn't make a lot of sense. the trees to care about himself, giving adultery a very bad name. but what was obama thinking. but what was obama thinking with intelligence issues that we would have to grapple with. i could not think of a better scenario than having david petraeus at the cia. that's not what he had in mind in 1947. he did not want to put in the hands of military policymakers. what the cia was created for was to challenge military intelligence. the cia has done its job correctly and that is what they have done on things such as arms control or vietnam, for that matter. what needs to be done, and let me just check the time to, we don't
and leadership. and the second is do you support chuck hagel as secretary of defense and what is your evaluation of the criticisms of american general since world war ii. except for you and general petraeus. [laughter] >> you know, it's painful to read about general is being criticized because a lot of it is correct. you see it, and you say, oh, that's me, i am guilty of that. we had shortcomings of not being strategically enough minded, you know, you get very focused on her job, your tactical part of the mission, not thinking of the big strategic problem that you are trying to solve. that may or may not be a good criticism, but it's certainly worth paying attention to. but it is a useful thing to throw out there. what was the first one? >> okay. >> if chuck hagel will take the job right now, god bless them. whoever will be the secretary of defense, they will go through this constricting budget, they will implement things in combat. implementing it is going to be hard. something is going to come to ahead with iran during this for years, just mathematically. it will be a very difficult for years.
graham saying he was going to try to block the nomination of both chuck hagel, and john brennan, unless he gets some answers. is he being serious here, david? >> well, i think we don't know. i think, clearly, republicans have signaled they're really worried, particularly about the hagel nomination, and of course the senate is a place where a single senator can often hold things up. it is true there are serious questions what went on in benghazi and also this would be a deeply unusual things to do. there were often serious questions about foreign policy betweens the party and the idea of holding up a nomination-- >> schieffer: two of them. >> two of them would be deeply unusual. >> these are very big appointments. these kinds of things happen all the time with smaller nominations and often we don't even find out who the senator is who is holding up the nomination. but this is, obviously, a very public play on the parent of senator grahams and i suspect there will be negotiations behind the scene. >> schieffer: do you think the republicans will back him? john mccain said he does not favor
's senate republicans blocked the nomination of senator chuck hagel by voting to not proceed with debate on the motion on the nomination to be a ceq writes about although the culture effort was defeated, senators seem ready to advance the chuck hagel nomination when they get back from recess on february 25. republicans including john mccain, lindsey graham and lamar alexander said yesterday afternoon on the senate floor that while they would vote against cloture this week, they would be willing to allow nomination to move forward when congress returns after the recess. quote, i think it is efficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions would be in effect, said senator mccain. both the senate and the house are not in the next week taking a break for the presidents' day recess. we will again bring live coverage of the senate's pro-forma session that will get underway at noon eastern on c-span2. as always you can see the house live right now on the companion network, c-span. army chief of staff general raymond odierno is at the brookings institution today. he will be talki
to take down defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. >> i've covered the senate for a long time. it's unusual for a freshman to be this out spoken on a high profile issue. >> at the end of the day, i was elected to represent 26 million texans and to speak the truth. you know, i think a lot of americans are tired of politicians in washington and both parties who play games. >> the 42-year-old cuban-american, the first hispanic governor from texas memorized the constitution as a teenager, thanks to his father, a cuban refugee. cruz became solicitor general of texas, arguing for state's rights and religious freedom before the u.s. supreme court. tea party activist bucked the gop establishment to help elect cruz and now see their hard work paying off. >> he's the total package. he's brilliant. he's a great messenger for ideas and he's a guy you never have to wonder how he's going to vote. >> conservatives here in texas who fuel behind tea party senate win he's been so aggressive so fast but for some senior senators, not so much. one of the guiding principles for a freshman senator is co
. and the senate committee just delayed a vote on the president's nominee for defense secretary chuck hagel. lawmakers say that they are hoping it would happen tomorrow. but some republicans are asking for more information from the former nebraska senator. he faced some tough questions from fellow republicans at his confirmation hearing last week. they asked him about his record on israel, iran, and other issues. senators now say they hope to vote on his nomination as soon as possible. just in to fox news, the justice department will send lawmakers the classified legal arguments for droning american citizens to death. that's according to an administration official. yesterday, we got a look at the government's guidelines for killing americans in foreign countries. basically officials don't have to take to you court, charge you with anything, give you a lawyer, even notify you. they just have to decide that you are a senior terror leader and an imminent threat to the united states and that it would be too dangerous to try to capture you so then they can kill you. senators from both parties ha
. senators are open to hearing other ideas. more pressure mounting against chuck hagel. 15 republican senators sending a letter to the president asking him to pull the nomination. h hagel has a history about controversial statements about israel. >> american airlines won't fly the 787 dreamliner until june. they were scheduled to start using them next month. but the dreamliner has been grounded for a month after japanese airlines had problems with the planes. and a story you touched on last night. american ceo who blasted french workers in a letter to french officials. he's maurice taylor. he was on "closing bell" earlier today. >> what i said was true. and they admitted it. they laughed about it, okay. that's where this union president, this michael, i call him spike because he's got his hair all up in a deal, and they are devout commies and said it's the french way, you have to do the french way. i said i'm not going to do it if it loses money and that's what you'll always do. >> very strong words, larry, from mr. taylor. >> did he just call him a commie. >> he did. do you know he r
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